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The ultimate guide to Charleston's solar eclipse events

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Don't want to watch the eclipse from your backyard? Charleston is serving up a plethora of eclipse festivities — everything from massive watch parties to concerts and kayak excursions. Here's a selection of some of our faves:

(Not) Night at the Museum

Total Eclipse of the Art
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
$15/adult, $13/senior (62+), student, military, free/members and children under 17
The Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.
Downtown
In addition to a viewing party in the Lenhardt Garden, Vermont-based artist Michael Zebrowski presents the site-specific Eclipse S U R V E Y. A surveyor, calibrated to the exact angle of the eclipse, will be mounted in the garden and will record 1 minute and 33 seconds of totality via a viewfinder, telescope, time-lapse, 360 degree camera and other instruments. Zebrowski will be on site to talk about his project with visitors, and is also creating custom eclipse-viewing glasses that will be distributed while supplies last.

The Great American Eclipse
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$12/adults, $5/children, free/members and kids under three
Charleston Museum
360 Meeting St.
Downtown
Free eclipse glasses will be included with admission, and activities for children of all ages are available in the main lobby.

Eclipse at the Children’s Museum
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$12/, $10/SC residents, Free/members
Children’s Musuem of the Lowcountry
25 Ann St.
Downtown
The Children’s Museum will demonstrate how eclipses occur and explore the phases of the moon and the scale of the solar system from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. before an eclipse viewing party.

Moon Over Middleton Place
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$10-$28
Middleton Place
4300 Ashley River Road
West Ashley
An astronomer from the faculty of the College of Charleston will be on hand to provide insights on how man's evolving understanding of the cosmos impacted both the arts and science. Fun educational activities for kids of all ages include eclipse-themed crafts and hands-on experience with a sextant, telescope and star charts.

A Closer Look

Charleston Astronomy Meetup: Public Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
1-4 p.m.
Free
Charlotte St. Park Irish Memorial
1 Charlotte St.
Downtown
Charleston Astronomy will be safely observing the eclipse using projection and solar filtered telescopes.

Lowcountry Stargazers
1-4 p.m.
Free (admission to park may be collected)
Palmetto Islands Coutry Park
444 Needlerush Pkwy.
Mt. Pleasant
Old Santee Canal Park
900 Stony Landing Rd.
Moncks Corner
Learn more about astronomy in the Lowcountry and watch eclipse with fellow amateur astronomers. Telescopes will be set up for safe solar viewing.

Food, Drink, and Eclipse Music (more than a Journey album)

Eclipse Watch Party at MUSC Health Stadium
Gates open at 11 a.m.
$8/adults, free/12 and under
1990 Daniel Island Dr.
Daniel Island
This sizable bash features coast-to-coast streams of NASA’s 57 weather balloons on a Jumbotron, astronomy related activities, a science-based kids zone, a pair of eclipse viewing glasses for each person, local food vendors, a full bar, and live entertainment from Adam Barely, BenSomewhere, TDKIS, Soul Brew, and BTMA Band.

Total Beach Eclipse at BLU
1-4 p.m.
BLU Folly Beach
1 Center St.
Folly Beach
This eclipse bash features live music, $7 Naked Turtle Caribbean Rum drinks all day, and a Naked Turtle sampling from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

PBR Eclipse Party
1:30-8 p.m.
Tin Roof
1117 Magnolia Rd.
West Ashley
Tin Roof is opening early so you can head to the once in-a-lifetime backyard sky party featuring a blow-up pool, hammocks, viewing glasses, and alcohol.

Eclipse at The Rooftop
1-4 p.m.
$25
The Rooftop Bar at Vendue
19 Vendue Range St.
Downtown
Join the Vendue for a viewing party featuring DJ United and $7 Naked Turtle Caribbean Rum drink specials.

Total Solar Eclipse Barn Jam
noon-8 p.m.
$10
Awendaw Green
4879 Highway 17 N.
Awendaw
Awendaw Green and Sewee Outpost will celebrate the eclipse with a barn jam featuring Hans Wenzel & the Eighty Sixers, Danielle Howle, Community Center, Pierce Edens, The Good Bad Kids, Violet Bell, and the grand shell game. The event is BYOB and food is available for purchase from The Roost Bar and Grill.

Rec Room Alien Party
noon
Free to attend
Recovery Room
685 King St.
Downtown
Nothing says end of the world, err, total solar eclipse, like an alien party. Head to Rec Room starting at noon for green jello shots, "alien juice," and a DJ.

Yonder Field Solar Eclipse Festival
10 a.m.-11 p.m.
$15-$150
Yonder Field
180 Log Cabin Rd.
Bowman
This festival features live music from Uncle Kracker, Corey Smith, and Edwin McCain, a great inflatable race course, food trucks, and camping.

Solar Eclipse Party at Homegrown Brewhouse
1:30-3:30 p.m.
$50
117 S. Main St.
Summerville
A ticket to this Homegrown Brewhouse party includes a prime viewing seat out front, one pair of eclipse sunglasses, an all-you can-eat barbecue buffet, and two glasses of beer, wine, or soda. 12 spots available.

The Grocery opens for the Eclipse
5 p.m.
Prices vary
4 Cannon St.
Downtown
(843) 302-8825
thegrocerycharleston.com
Usually closed on Mondays, The Grocery will be open for all those hungry eclipse-watchers to come enjoy the eatery's consistently fresh and delicious fare.

SOLar Eclipse Party
11 a.m.
Free to attend
SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar
SOL Mount Pleasant
1101 Stockade Lane
SOL Summerville
1651 N. Main Street
SOL Downtown Charleston
385 Meeting Street

SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar invites guests to join them for a SOLar Eclipse Party. Each location will feature happy hour all day along with Eclipse themed specialty cocktails. SOL will also be giving out free glasses while supplies last. In addition, SOL will host live, local music on the patio from 4-7 p.m. The Eric Vaughn Duo will be performing on the patio in Mt. Pleasant, Just Groove in Summerville, and Ward Buckheister downtown.

Dark Side of the Sun
1-5 p.m.
$10/adults, $5/kids (12 and under)
Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
20 Patriots Point Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
This party features live music by The Duplates, children's activities, a moon bounce, and games. The first 1,000 entrants get a free pair of eclipse glasses.

Solar Eclipse Party at the Rudder
noon-4 p.m.
The Rusty Rudder
3563 N. Highway 17
Mt. Pleasant
This bash features live music by Moses Jones and others. Drink specials include $2.34 Shocktop drafts and $5 Tequila Sunrises. Ten percent of all purchases will benefit Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina.

Total Eclipse of the Moose
2:30-6 p.m.
Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Dr.
Downtown
Tattooed Moose will be celebrating the eclipse with a Rusty Bull Brewing Co. Tap Takeover and The Black Diamond Band from 3-6 p.m. Eclipse glasses are available —get there early to get a pair.

Mainland Container Co. Eclipse Party
noon-4 p.m.
$40 advance, $50 day-of
Mainland Container Co. Kitchen & Bar
1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
This all-inclusive event includes a Lowcountry boil and drinks, plus entertainment by the Elaborate Shadows from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will be able to view the eclipse from the restaurant's yard — bring a blanket or chair, seating is first come first served. Dogs on leashes are allowed, but no outside food or drink can be brought in.

Yoga Eclipse Bubbles
12:30-3 p.m.
$40-$60
Cannon Green
103 Spring St.
Downtown
Cannon Green is partnering with Redux Yoga owner and international yoga champion Griffin Peddicord to offer a yoga class in the courtyard followed by Moët & Chandon spa cocktails and light fare. Eclipse viewing glasses included.

Hamby Catering’s Eclipse Eats
$69 for 8 guests
If you’d rather celebrate at home or the office, Hamby Catering is offering a special eclipse eats menu including Hamby's famous tea sandwiches, praline pimento cheese balls, housemade pickled okra and baby carrots, cold spinach artichoke dip, and sweet potato biscuits with Carolina pit ham.

Freehouse Total Eclipse River Jam
Sat. Aug 19
2-9 p.m.
$10
Freehouse Brewery
2895 Pringle St. Suite B
North Charleston
Freehouse Brewery will celebrate eclipse weekend with live music by Community Center, Pierce Edens, the Good Bad Kids, and Violet Bell the Saturday before the eclipse. Pets on leash, all ages.

Total Solar Eclipse at theBEND
noon-4 p.m.
Free
The Bend
3775 Azalea Dr.
North Charleston
Grammy Award winner Secret Agent 23 Skidoo performs at this North Chuck celebration and the Lowcountry Stem Collaborative, the City's Cultural Arts Department, and Boeing will offer activities. There will be snacks available from WINGS for Kids, no coolers or pets. Free eclipse glasses will be provided.

Total Eclipse Tailgate
2-3 p.m.
Free
Rick Hendrick Chevrolet
1500 Savannah Hwy.
West Ashley
Head to Rick Hendrick Chevrolet to view the total solar eclipse. The first 75 guests will receive VIP viewing, including complimentary protective eyewear.

Eclipse Extravaganza at Citadel Mall
1-3 p.m.
Free
2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
West Ashley
This NASA approved viewing location features eclipse glasses for the first 500 people, food trucks, inflatables, games, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Darkness to Light.

Solar Eclipse at Freshfields Village
1-4 p.m.
Free
149 Village Green Lane
Kiawah
Freshfields Village will provide a variety of family friendly activities, music, food and more on the Village Green. A limited number of free eclipse glasses will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Get Eclipsed on IOP
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free
Isle of Palms Front Beach
1300 Ocean Blvd.
Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms invites all to come and watch the eclipse from the city’s front beach.

Totally 821
1-4 p.m.
Free
St. Andrew's Parks and Playground
1095 Playground Rd.
West Ashley
Bring your own tent, blanket and chairs to view the eclipse in the park. The viewing area will have music, food trucks, concessions, yard games, and a Kidz Zone with crafts and water inflatables for $5 (adult supervision required).

Total Solar Eclipse Experience
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Free
Joint Base Charleston Library
Building 732, 2316 Red Bank Rd.
Goose Creek
Experience the total solar eclipse at the Weapons Station library. There will be a DJ, jump castles, a photo bus, and solar treat bags. Eclipse glasses will be provided while supplies last. Bring lawn chairs, drinks, and snacks.

Total Eclipse at the Creek

noon-4 p.m.
$35/advance, $38/at the door, $40/VIP
Morgan Creek Grill
80 41st Ave.
Isle of Palms
This celebration on the waterfront features live music from country/pop singer Lauren Hall, free eclipse glasses and cotton candy, carnival style food, passed apps, an oyster shucking station, and face painting. VIP tickets get you unlimited food, soda, and water.

Solar Eclipse at the Victor Social Club
3-6 p.m.
Free to attend
Hutson Alley
39F John St.
Downtown
Slide on down to Hutson Alley for a salsa party featuring specials like $4 Coronas, $7 spicy mango margs, and 3 for $7 street tacos from Michael's on the Alley executive chef Michael Greene.

Solar Eclipse party at Bay Street Biergarten
1-4 p.m.
Free to attend
Bay Street Biergarten
549 E Bay St.
Downtown
Party likes its 1979 and enjoy happy hour drink specials, music from DJ Rehab, and score a pair of eclipse glasses.

Total Eclipse Viewing Party at Burwell's
noon-4 p.m.
Free to attend
Burwell's Stone Fire Grill
14 N Market St.
Downtown
Sip on craft cocktails from Absolut, Jim Beam Black, and Hornito's Black as you catch views of the eclipse from Burwell's patio. DJ Mike Tech sets the mood.

Caviar & Bananas Eclipse Special Package & Drink Special
Caviar & Bananas
$8 drink special, $25 package special
51 George St.
Downtown
(843) 577-7757
caviarandbananas.com
In advance of the eclipse, place an order at Caviar & Bananas (by noon Fri. Aug. 18) for their special solar eclipse package. The package includes a sandwich (either The Usual or Caprese) or a salad (The Gramercy or The Far East), one side, dessert, eclipse glasses, and a 22oz glow in the dark cup with straw. If you're in the mood for a cocktail, from the 19 through the day of the eclipse (Aug 21) the restaurant will also be serving a "Sun & the Moon" drink made with Prosecco and a Pure Fluff cotton candy ball. The cotton candy is mixed berry flavor and is made with activated charcoal so when dropped into the drink it turns gray — solar eclipse gray.

Total Eclipse of the Heart
2-7 p.m.
Free to attend
The Brick: Charleston's Favorite Tavern
24 Ann St.
Downtown
This 80s themed party will have $4 Lunazul cocktails, music from DJ Arenaissance, an eclipse photo booth, and free eclipse glasses for the first 50 guests.

Total Eclipse of the Creek
1:30-5:30 p.m.
Free to attend
Tavern & Table and Red's Ice House
100 Church St.
Mt. Pleasant
Head to the decks and docks of Tavern & Table and Red's for this solar eclipse viewing party. Attendees get a free pair of shades (solar eclipse approved) and can purchase the drink special aptly named Total Eclipse of the Heart while listening to live music by the Good Times Duo at T&T and Taco Donkey at Red's

Blinded by the Light at Gentry Bar Pre-Party
August 20
10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Free to attend
Gentry Bar & Room
276 King St.
Downtown
For a little Sunday Funday action that segues into eclipse bacchanalia, head to Gentry Bar & Room for an eclipse pre-party featuring beats by the David Higgins band and food and drink menus inspired by the eclipse. Food includes housemade moon pies, sun chips, moon rolls, sun sliders, and solar fondue.

Light the Night After-Party at Gentry
4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Free to attend
Gentry Bar & Room
276 King St.
Downtown
After the two-minutes of eclipse mania, head to Gentry for a light the night party with DJ Trevor D starting at 9:30 p.m. and the same eclipse inspired cocktails and bites the restaurant offered at the pre-party (see above).

Fleet Landing Blackout Bash
noon-4 p.m.
Fleet Landing Restaurant and Bar
186 Concord St.
Downtown
Join Fleet Landing in the parking lot for beer, music by DJ rDOT, and food trucks — Lowcountry Lobster and Bked. No cover, and they'll have glasses to protect your precious peepers.

See the sun from the water

Eclipse on a Warship
$22/adults (12+), $17/seniors (62+) and active duty military (ID required), $14/children (6-11), Free/children 6 and under and active duty military in uniform
9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
40 Patriots Point Rd.
Mt. Pleasant
Entry is first-come, first served. The first 3,000 visitors will get a free pair of eclipse glasses, and an indirect viewing method will be offered on the deck of the USS Yorktown if you want to avoid looking at the sun. Speakers include Dr. Christian Iliadis, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Dr. Douglas Terrier, Chief Technologist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Space inspired children’s activities will be offered throughout the day.

Solar Eclipse Paddles
Sun. Aug. 20 & Mon. Aug. 21
$250/option 1, $150/option 2, $75/option 3, $60/option 4
Nature Adventure Outfitters
1 Shrimp Boat Lane
Mt. Pleasant
Nature Adventures and On Purpose Adventures have partnered to provide four ways to observe the solar eclipse by paddling and camping on Capers Island. Option 1: Paddle out on August 20, set up camp, and enjoy the pristine beach. Option 2 is a day trip to Capers and Options 3 and 4 are three and four hour kayak tours on Shem Creek. All reservations require a deposit and are only taken via phone.

Solar Eclipse Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
1:30-4:30 p.m.
$70
Charleston SUP Safaris
83 Center St.
Folly Beach
The tour will head out at 1:30 p.m. to position in the ideal spot to catch a picture perfect solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses will be provided. Ages 8 and up.

Solar Eclipse Tours
Depart from 12:45-2:15 p.m.
$30-$47
Charleston Outdoor Adventures
1871 Bowens Island Rd.
Bowens Island
Board the Charleston Outdoor Adventures charter boat and take a tour to historic Morris Island to experience the eclipse. They also offer guided kayak or paddle board eclipse tours where professional guides lead groups to secluded areas in the beautiful saltwater marshes to view the eclipse. Kayaks and paddle boards are also available for rent.

HOBA’s Total Eclipse Raft Up
noon-5 p.m.
Prices vary
Capers Island
Join HOBA at Capers Island for the total eclipse raft up. Bring your boats and tell your friends. If you don’t have a boat, download the HOBA app and book a trip with one of HOBA's captains. Eclipse glasses provided. The Bridge 105.5 will be joining the party for a live broadcast followed by music from DJ Vern.

Palmetto Breeze: Eclipse Harbor Cruise
1-4 p.m.
$85
Palmetto Breeze Sailing Charters
100 Church St.
Mt. Pleasant
Come aboard the Palmetto Breeze for a three hour Charleston Harbor Eclipse Sail including eclipse viewing glasses compliant with New ISO requirements, bottled water, soft drinks, snacks featuring Moonpies and Sun Chips, and adult beverages available for purchase.

Sports under the sun

Eclipse Baseball Game
Gates open at 1 p.m., first pitch at 4:05 p.m.
$18
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
360 Fishburne St.
Downtown
Catch a front row seat for the full solar eclipse. NASA employees will be there to provide educational opportunities pre-game, and visitors will get eclipse glasses at the gate.

Solar Eclipse Golf Event and Viewing Party
9 a.m. golf start, 1:30-3:30 p.m. viewing party
$59/golf and viewing party, $5/viewing party only
Patriots Point Links
1 Patriots Point Rd.
Mt. Pleasant
The fun begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start golf event followed by a viewing party featuring a food truck rodeo (Dashi, Pep Rolls, Platia, and Gelati Moto), cash bar, live music by High Five, and bounce houses for the kids. The first 400 people will get a complimentary Moon Pie and eclipse glasses.

SunShadow Yoga
1:30-3:30 p.m.
$8/at the door, $5/advance, Free/Move IT! pass holders
Mt. Pleasant Pier
71 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
Practice yoga in the sun's shadow and enjoy the harbor views during the total solar eclipse. This class, instructed by Beth Cosi, is open to all fitness levels. Live music by McKenzie Eddy.

Charleston Zipclipse
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.
$79
Charleston Zipline Adventures
1152 Guerins Bridge Road
Awendaw
(843) 928-3947
charlestonziplineadventures.com
Take this two-and-a-half hour tour through a beautiful canopy of trees at heights of up to 65 feet. The morning tour will end right before the eclipse and zipliners can watch the solar event from an adjacent open field. The tour includes seven zip line cables between tree platforms and towers, three swinging bridges, and a final 750 feet cable run.

And the rest

American Atheists Solar Eclipse Convention and Party
August 18-21
Packages range from $179-$1,200, $50/student
North Charleston Marriott
4770 Goer Dr.
North Charleston
American Atheists present a conference focused on science, space, technology, and atheism featuring prominent academics, scientists, and community leaders during the weekend. On Monday, they will host an eclipse watch-party in North Charleston.

Dramatic Reading of Total Eclipse
August 19
1 p.m.
Free
Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library
1735 N. Woodmere Dr.
West Ashley
Skilled dramatic reader Maggie Worsdale presents a dramatic reading of Annie Dillard’s Total Eclipse, an essay narrating the author’s 1979 viewing experience in Washington state’s Yakima Valley.

Solar Eclipse at Charleston County Public Libraries
1-3 p.m.
Free
Libraries: Cooper River Memorial, Dorchester Road, Edisto Branch, Hurd/St. Andrews Regional, John L. Dart, Main, Mt. Pleasant Regional, Otranto Road.
Learn about solar eclipses before the eclipse starts at 2:46 p.m. Solar eclipse glasses will be available upon request while supplies last. Details vary by location.

Eclipse Comedy Night: Celebrating the Dork side of the Moon
8 p.m.
$25
Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Downtown
Comedy Central National award winner Robert Mac and Kasha Patel, the host of NASA's Earth Expedition mini web series, and a special TBA eclipse guest, present a funny, family friendly show that will rival Big Bang Theory-esque humor. Tickets can be purchased at the CMH box office or online.

Remember, the last time a total solar eclipse came near Charleston was 1970, so grab your glasses, find a good spot, and enjoy this short but sweet natural wonder.

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